Learning To Love The Present

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5 reasons to meditateThese days, we spend far too long living in the past or the future. While we microanalyse our pasts, or fret about our futures, the prese
nt slips by unnoticed. You may think that this is insignificant. A lack of concentration upon the details of the present hardly has a major impact upon one’s life, does it? Well, practitioners of ‘Mindfulness’ disagree. ‘Mindfulness’ is a kind of meditative technique which emphasises placing one’s mind fully in the present. Doing so successfully can free the consciousness from perpetual worrying over transient concerns, and allows a measure of calm focus to seep through the soul. This in turn theoretically provides the psyche with some much-needed ‘mental downtime’, during which the deeper layers of the mind get to work on solving and processing important issues. It’s also a great way to not only dispense with stress in the present, but make one more resilient to life’s stresses and emotional blows in the future. However, living mindfully is easier said than done. Here are a few ways in which you can help yourself to live happily within the present:

Keep Trying

There are plenty of methods endorsed by mindfulness practitioners. Not all of these will work for everyone. Indeed, even the most calm, centered and focused meditation guru has days when their mind keeps slipping off to gnaw over the bones of problems or play around with irrelevancies. It’s very difficult to force our incredibly clever and complex minds to relax and focus – particularly when you first begin incorporating mindfulness into your life. Don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work for you right away. It can be incredibly frustrating when you simply can’t bring your full consciousness into the moment, but it’s important not to be discouraged. Mindfulness is one of those things which gets easier with practice. After a while of trying, you’ll find that your psyche begins to work in a more mindful manner perfectly naturally. Just like any skill, living in the present needs a lot of practice. Don’t give up!

Enjoy It

Many people approach meditations and meditative techniques with an intense solemnity. While this is perhaps helpful for some, for others it can transform what should be an enervating experience into something rather dull and lifeless. Do not feel that you must be serious and sombre about your meditations. Try to fully experience every sensation you encounter. Most accomplished mindful-living gurus and meditators do not limit their meditative experiences. They allow themselves to accept and live through whatever comes to them during the course of their sessions. If you’re doing it right, you will probably find that the relaxing nature of your mindfulness session gives you a pleasantly ‘cosy’ sensation which can be rather nice. Allow yourself to enjoy it. Enjoying something is a great way to train the brain to seek that sensation out again – which will make it easier for you to slip into a mindful mindframe next time you’re feeling stressed.

Listen To Your Senses

It’s hard to know where to start with mindfulness. Some people get into it by placing their concentration upon the specific physical details of their environments. Others prefer to attend to their senses. This latter method can be very helpful indeed, as it is often a more immersive experience than simply counting off physical details. Sinking into the information provided by your senses, fully experiencing that information, and accepting it for what it is is a great way to start yourself down the path of appreciating the moment

This is an article by Helen Calderdale